Barnaby Joyce has announced the appointment of former Howard Government advisor Dr Chris Parker as interim CEO of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
His appointment comes in the wake of the resignation of Kareena Arthy, who has joined the mass exodus from the Authority’s professional ranks since Barnaby Joyce forced its relocation from Canberra to his electorate.
While Dr Parker appears well qualified for the role, his political pedigree was no doubt a factor in his selection. Barnaby Joyce wants a CEO who is willing to say the crazy taxpayer funded pork barrel has merit and is prepared to drive the move without complaint or challenge.
But given the APVMA is fully funded by the chemical and medicines manufacturing companies who pay application fees, Dr Parker must be fearless in his role in ensuring the Authority has the capacity to do its important work.
Dr Parker is interim CEO and Labor demands a full transparent and proper process for the selection of the new APVMA CEO.